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Manual Handling

The Course   

  • Incorrect manual handling accounts for up to one quarter of all reported accidents in the workplace.
  • While most incidents result in back injury, hands, arms and feet are also at risk of injury.

What is 'Manual Handling' ?

Manual handling of loads is defined as: "any transporting or supporting of a load by one or more employees that includes lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving a load which, by reason of its characteristics or of unfavourable ergonomic conditions, involves risk particularly of back injury, to employees."

Course Aim

This course provides training which allows employers to meet their obligations under the relevant Health ,Safety & Welfare at Work legislation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course participants will be able to:

LO1: Identify excessively heavy or awkward load

LO2: Describe the limitations of the muscular system and spine

LO3: Handle and lift loads safely

LO4: Understand employer and employee responsibilities

Target Trainee Profile

Any personnel whose work involves the manual handling of loads as defined under Health & Safety legislation.



Course Syllabus

  • Legislation
  • Load assessment
  • Danger of untrained methods
  • Principles of levers and law of motion
  • Anatomy
  • Incorrect handling techniques injuries
  • Spine care - safe handling of loads
  • Practice in safe handling
  • Lifting to and from ground level
  • Lifting to and from a height
  • Pushing
  • Pulling Loading and unloading cars/vans

Training Methods

Highly interactive course making good use of demonstration, involvement and practice.

The theory section of this courses is available online.

Assessment & Certification

Delegates are assessed on their ability to meet the requirements set down in the training objectives.

Delegates are issued with a certificate of attendance.

Special Requirements

Please inform us of any special needs or other requirements where differentiated learning may be required.


2.5 hours [Classroom-based]

40 mins [Online theory programme plus 1-2-1 or small group on-site practical assessment and training]

Industry Sectors

We provide specialist training programmes designed specifically to suit job requirements.

We have designed courses for a range of workers including:

Drivers (Sales reps., Delivery drivers etc.), supermarket workers, warehouse operatives, motorcycle couriers and office staff.

Our Trainers

Our professional trainers are FETAC approved Manual Handling Instructors.